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The Children’s Book Review’s Top Ten Hot Spots | February 2014

The Children’s Book Review | February 11, 2014

Amongst the familiar articles to feature in TCBR’s top ten hot spots are some articles and booklists that truly match the seasonal events of February: winter books, Valentine’s Day books, the Newbery Medal winner, and some excellent civil-rights books perfect for Black History Month.

Here’s the scoop on the 10 most popular destinations on The Children’s Book Review …

1. Where to Find Free eBooks for Children Online

The Children’s Book Review presents a guest post by education writer Karen Schweitzer.

2. 20 Sites to Improve Your Child’s Literacy

There are a number of organizations and sites that provide online activities, teaching tips, and free books for children. This list boasts 20 sites to explore.

3. Kids Winter Books

What better season is there to cuddle-up under a blanket next to a crackling fire, with a good book? The books in this list are perfect for this peaceful-but-sometimes-blustery time of year.

4. How Picture Books Play a Role in a Child’s Development

[W]hile … parents are pushing their kids to be on top of the game, they don’t realize that the intensive coaching can be counterproductive and they’re missing out on an important genre, critical in the role of a child’s development—picture books.

5. Book Lover: 16 Kids Books for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day gives me another great excuse to promote kids books—not that I need one; I’ll jump at any opportunity to encourage reading—especially the reading of books that teach self-value or simply display ‘love’ to children. So, without further ado, here are some truly adorable and enjoyable books that offer up “that loving feeling,” and should get you some of that all important snuggle and bonding time with your kids.

6. Baby Penguins Love Their Mama, by Melissa Guion | Book Giveaway

Enter to win a deliciously-scented mama and baby penguin goat’s milk soap (for preening practice, of course!) and a signed copy of BABY PENGUINS LOVE THEIR MAMA! by Melissa Guion.

One lucky winner will receive   (U.S. addresses only.) Enter to win here:

One (1) winner receives:

A mama and baby penguin goat’s milk soap and a copy of BABY PENGUINS LOVE THEIR MAMA! signed by Melissa Guion.Giveaway begins January 14, 2014, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends February 13, 2014, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

7. MLK Books: Who was Martin Luther King?

If you’re looking for books about the honorable Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the superb titles in this list offer a gateway into discovering and learning about MLK and his important message of nonviolence and his incredible contributions to American history. From picture-book biographies to the famous “I Have a Dream” speech, this is a solid representation of the many MLK books available for young readers.

8. 15 Excellent Civil Rights Books

This is a list of outstanding books that represent nonviolent activism and the civil rights movement.

9. Five Family Favorites with Carole P. Roman | Baby Shower Ideas

My cousin’s daughter just had her first baby and besides buying something from the registry, I always send new parents a bunch of books to begin a child’s library.  Our family has dozens of favorites that we read over and over again. I have kept many books from my own childhood to share with my children and now my grandchildren—all of us have really beautiful home libraries. Sadly, many of my books are so old and out of print, I will concentrate on the books I share with my grandchildren.

10. Newbery Award: John Newbery Winners | 2014 Children’s Literature

The John Newbery Medal is awarded to the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature and is announced by the American Library Association.

Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

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